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Break from 20plus days in the mountain

post #1 of 18
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So how many days do you guys take off if you are planning a long trip to summit county or another mountain haven? Just trying to think about how many days I can get in. Or do you just take it day by day?
post #2 of 18
Are you asking how many days you don't ski on a 3 week trip?

I lived in the mountains last year and averaged about 3 days a week with a max of 5 (partial) days when conditions were good. Never done a 3 week trip, but I would say to skip at least a few, but would do this based on conditions and how I felt....
post #3 of 18

Days off

Days Off. Usually try NOT to ski more than 4 days in a row. Last year I skied 6 days in a row on a road trip into BC and really wore myself down, had to go home a cool it for a few days. For me 4 days then a day off is better. But I am an old Fart 66yrs-but hell I only ski Greenies, no powder, no trees, no blacks and I start at 1030AM and have lunch and quit at 3
post #4 of 18
I live far away from big mountains and from snow, for me a season is usually a week or 10 days a year.
So, when I see mountains and snow, I feel like a hyena who found a carcass... hehehe I try to get as much as I can...
Sometimes I go over my limits... but I know that a break is important and will extend your performance in the next days...
But it is really hard no to ski when conditions are good
post #5 of 18
I aim for ski 6 days and have 1 off out of 7 (total 3-4 week ski trip) but it usually works out more like 5 out of 7.
post #6 of 18
I had this discussion with Mr TC while planning our ski trips for the season.
Last year, we flew out, skied four days and then flew home. (did that twice) I suggested that we go for one trip and make it longer, but he said, "four days is enough."
post #7 of 18
I can't think of any reason other than injury or illness why you would travel a long distance to a ski destination and take a day off. I ski three days a week minimum during the season in Vermont. Going from three to six or seven shouldn't be a physical strain. On a longer trip (2-3 weeks), you will most likely have a weather related day or two where you can't do much skiing. Then it would make sense to skip a day.
post #8 of 18
Take it day by day. People who ski professionally such as racers, instructors, patrollers, ambassadors, etc. may laugh at your question, but for us "recreationals" it's a fair question. How young and fit are you? Older folks definitely benefit (strength and performance) from a rest day in the middle of a week or more of skiing. But for college age people the idea of a day off might seem like a waste, esp if you have season pass and can quit early on crummy days. Assuming you're young and will have season pass, I'd go until you drop, then take a day off or do a light day. You'll naturally get a feel for how to play it. How much nightlife or how many powder mornings will be factors too. You're gonna have a blast, whatever.
post #9 of 18
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Take it day by day. People who ski professionally such as racers, instructors, patrollers, ambassadors, etc. may laugh at your question, but for us "recreationals" it's a fair question. How young and fit are you? Older folks definitely benefit (strength and performance) from a rest day in the middle of a week or more of skiing. But for college age people the idea of a day off might seem like a waste, esp if you have season pass and can quit early on crummy days. Assuming you're young and will have season pass, I'd go until you drop, then take a day off or do a light day. You'll naturally get a feel for how to play it. How much nightlife or how many powder mornings will be factors too. You're gonna have a blast, whatever.
I'm laughing cause I generally ski in streaks well over a 100 days
post #10 of 18
I skied all 6 days I was in Jackson Hole last year, but probably only because I was with friends. When my wife and I go we usually ski 2 or 3 days then take a day off before skiing 2 or 3 more. It kind of depends on weather too. When we went to Tahoe a couple of years ago we had a rainy day in the middle of the week that we took off so it worked out well.
post #11 of 18
Living in the tropics brings up a major problem trying to get in 15-18 days of skiing. I break up our trips into three separate times. I try to use weekends which allows for an extra 2 days per trip with using only 3 work days each. Two five day trips with 1 day for traveling. Use Mardi Gras holiday for an 8 day trip, w/ one day off after the third or forth day for recuperation! I use the bulk of my vacation time for skiing....Airfare for three trips hurts big time; use air miles as much as possible. Would love to be able to make a long 3 week trip in Feb. one year.
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post
Take it day by day. People who ski professionally such as racers, instructors, patrollers, ambassadors, etc. may laugh at your question, but for us "recreationals" it's a fair question. How young and fit are you? Older folks definitely benefit (strength and performance) from a rest day in the middle of a week or more of skiing. But for college age people the idea of a day off might seem like a waste, esp if you have season pass and can quit early on crummy days. Assuming you're young and will have season pass, I'd go until you drop, then take a day off or do a light day. You'll naturally get a feel for how to play it. How much nightlife or how many powder mornings will be factors too. You're gonna have a blast, whatever.
You are right on all accounts. As of now I am there from the 19th-23rd then back out from the 27th-10th. The first trip should be fine the second one Breaks will proably be taken new years day the 4th after that I might try and ski the rest of days until school starts again. The reason I posted this is because the 4th and my group debating whether to ski that day or head to aspen for our club trip that starts the 5th. I know I will be fine. Just curious for us "recreational skiers" how many days in a row is normal, and you answered my question.
post #13 of 18
I would not take a break for New Year's Day. I find that is usually one of the least skiied days...especially in the morning as everyone is nursing hangovers. They also stay in to watch parades and football games. So if your not nursing a hangover you will find fewer people in line.
post #14 of 18
I get so few days out west I ski every day. Fitting into a week with travel usually means 5 or 6 days. One year I did 7 days, but I definitely skied worse the last day.
post #15 of 18
Days Off? When I was teaching full time I worked 6 days a week, and at least three weeks a month I skied on Sundays too! You have the opportunity to destination ski for three whole weeks? work hard now to get yourself in shape, and then MAYBE take the last day or two off to let those muscles recover before going back to work. Aside from that

"Rest Days" are for climbers with torn up fingers, not skiers!
post #16 of 18
Ski every day, just vary the hours or intensity to help with recovery.
post #17 of 18
Unless it's boilerplate hardpack and you're bored with all the terrain, I would be out daily, even for a few runs. Work hard to be in generally good shape from now until the trip and you won't have a problem.
post #18 of 18
If I'm paying by the day (instead of by the season), I avoid "ski a couple runs" sort of days. The first trip out west, I skied 4 days in a row, and felt that the 4th day, I was less-than-good. I was sore and stiff, and didn't really enjoy myself.

Last trip, I did 3 days, then took a day to go snowshoeing, then skied 2 more, and that worked well. I think after a week of "break in" time (coming from the East Coast), I could go more than 3-4 days at a time, but since I was paying by the day, I didn't want to spend a day being sloppy.

On the other hand, if I've got a season pass (or something close to it), I'd have no problem with going out for 3-4 runs and calling it quits (for either personal fatigue issues or condition suckage)...


aaron
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